Living with your best friends is one of the greatest things about being an independent young adult! You get to be ridiculous together all the time. You binge-watch shows together late into the night. You have each others’ backs and figure out household problems as a team, which makes overcoming challenges that much more satisfying.
I’ve been lucky enough to live with two of my best friends. And–even better–both of those friends are total book nerds, just like me!
I met Noelle and Matt four years apart, but the very first conversation I ever remember having with each of them was about reading. Isn’t that the foundation of all great friendships? Our bonds over bookishness not only made us super close, but also provided a few sweet benefits to the roommate situation!
Now that I (sadly) live several hours away from both of them, here are some of the perks of living with book lovers that I miss the most.
Your bookshelf game is always the best
Picture-perfect shelves are a real point of pride in the bookish community. Reader roommates mean double the shelf space, double the books, and double the bookish goodies! Noelle and I put all of our favorites on the bookshelf in the main living space of our apartment and then decked it out with her Harry Potter bookends and my jar of Honeydukes peppermints.
They appreciate ambiance
Who else pays attention to making sure the lighting, seating, and furniture arrangements are ideal for cozying up with a novel and a cup of tea? Another reader, that’s who.
Reading time gets respect
You can usually trust another bookworm to not constantly interrupt your reading by trying to start conversations with you. You would think that would be common sense, but sometimes non-readers just don’t get it.
They’ve got top-notch recommendations…
Your life-in BFF is bound to know you better than just about anyone, so you can definitely count on them to recommend books that suit your tastes.
…and they stretch your reading boundaries!
Even though they’ve got your taste in books down to a T, reader roomies have their own preferences, and they’re not shy about getting you out of your comfort zone. Matt tends to read science-fiction, horror, and epic fantasy, so he’s always full of suggestions outside of my standard YA fantasy TBR list. And Noelle? She’s one of two people in the world that can sell me on a non-fiction book.
You get a live-in lending library
Remember those epic shared shelves? Having all of your roommate’s books at your fingertips is super convenient for borrowing books. Lucky for me, the libraries of Matt & Noelle don’t ever have fees for overdue loans!
They’re always there to listen
Raving and ranting are two cornerstones of book blogging emotions. Maybe it’s just me, but sharing your intense feelings about all things bookish is way more satisfying in person. When you live with another book lover, you’ve automatically got someone around who understands exactly how you feel and can totally commiserate. Literally my entire experience while reading Sarah J. Maas’s Queen of Shadows was me reading another chapter, being shocked, and shouting across the apartment at Matt, “DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?!?!?”
You share the best moments
Sometimes, getting to share the best parts of the reading experience means making the best memories.
It took me years to convince Noelle to read The Raven Boys. Literally, years. When she finally decided to read it over a break one year in college, she quickly became as obsessed as I am and tore through the first three books in the series in the span of a week. That left only The Raven King, which had yet to be released at the time. It also meant that we got to wait for the final book together. When the finale was released, we drove to the bookstore and bought what ended up being the last two copies in the whole store. One left for each of us, like it was meant to be.
We put off the inevitable conclusion for a few months, re-reading the earlier books while working summer jobs and struggling through one of the worst heat waves on record for the area we lived in. Finally, when we were reaching the end of our time being able to live together, we sat down in Noelle’s bedroom, books in hand. Starting after dinner, we read The Raven King together, chapter by chapter. Whoever finished a chapter first would wait at the end and we exchanged commentary before moving on to the next chapter. As the hours moved past midnight and we crept farther into the book, we were both so engrossed in the story that we’d reach the end of the chapter, give each other a look of horror and too many emotions, then nod and keep going. At the very end, we cried together and hugged out the feels.
There’s nothing better than sharing the books you love the most with the people you love the most.
The bonus perk of bookish roommates is that you’ve got something in common to keep you close, even when you’re far away. Matt and Noelle are still my go-to people for all things reading related.
The other bonus perk of BFFs who love books is that sometimes you can rope them into writing guest posts! Matt’s been working on not one, but two guest book reviews, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Do you enjoy the benefits of living with book lovers? Are there any downsides that I’m forgetting in my nostalgia? Leave me a comment and let me know!